Crystal Cathedral Ministries : News : Press Release
GARDEN GROVE - Dante Gebel, the new pastor the Crystal Cathedral Hispanic Ministry congregation, arrived in Orange County from Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday, April 19, 2009.
Known as "the shepherd of the young people" throughout Latin America, attracting thousands wherever he
appears at evangelistic outreach events, Dante
will now shepherd the current congregation and reach out to more than 850,000 Hispanics living within a ten-mile radius of the Garden Grove, CA church.
will play an integral part in that growth and in the future of the Crystal Cathedral
is a deeply spiritual person, with passion for the multitudes and a clear vision on how to meet the needs of this new generation."
, in addition to his
pastoral role in his
native Argentina, was a popular radio, TV and movie personality.
When asked how he
felt about his
new role in the U.S., Dante
said, "Very well and with much expectation.
I am sure that it will be a church with many young people, where the families will receive a message of salvation, hope and faith.
In addition, we hope that many new people will come to know the Lord and that the church experiences a remarkable growth."
In 1990, the year the Crystal Cathedral Hispanic Ministry began, Crystal Cathedral's Interim Senior Pastor Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz (founder of the Crystal Cathedral Hispanic Ministry) remembers hearing Dante over the radio in Buenos Aires and knew instantly that this humorous and spiritual young man was headed for success.
As an actor, TV and radio host, and experienced pastor, Dante
has met and exceeded Ortiz' expectations.
brings his unique ministry skills to our ministry, having been reared in the new media era and with a technical staff in Buenos Aires utilizing the latest communication methods," says Ortiz.
"But what's most important is that Dante
loves God, believes in a holy lifestyle, and has put his
talents in the hands of God to serve only him."
In fact, many of the best-known names in Latin American ministry are already associated with us, including Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz, Luis Palau, Lucas Leyes, David Hormachea, and now Dante Gebel!
It is nothing short of miraculous to see how these relationships have been formed and strengthened.
is going to be a huge addition to our growing capability to plant new churches in California and beyond as an extension of the Crystal Cathedral Hispanic ministries.